People living in India are among the most satisfied with their personal sense of “well-being”, out of a list of the 13 countries outside of the US in which Cigna Corp has operations, according to the US-based health insurer’s latest annual Well-Being Survey.
Thailand ranks second and China third in the Cigna well-being ranking, while the UK comes in in eighth place, the survey, carried out online in December among more than 14,000 adults by Cigna International Markets, shows. Last year the UK ranked in third place (see table, below).
Cigna provides health insurance and other related services to some 30 countries and jurisdictions around the world, and currently has more than 90 million customers, according to company information.
The Cigna research looked at five main components of people’s sense of well-being: their physical health, their family lives, their social lives, their finances and their work.
Of the more than 1,000 UK residents who were surveyed, most said their perceived well-being in each of the five categories had declined during 2016, with their family lives being cited as the area in which they reported “the biggest fall”, the Cigna researchers said.
“More than half of Britons surveyed [said] they felt they didn’t spend enough time with their family,” a summary of the Cigna research noted.
Other key findings contained in the survey:
● The UK’s fall to eighth place from third is said to reflect growing financial pressures on its citizens, as financial pressures have been growing
● The quality of family life among those in the UK was found to have suffered the biggest fall, “as Britons fear most for their children’s future and their parents’ old age”
● Only 20% of Britons believe they would be financially secure if they were unable to work
Peter Mills, medical director at Cigna Global Health Benefits, said the survey’s results showed that the “uncertain political and economic environment, and concerns about the future” were taking an “inevitable” toll on Britons sense of well-being.
“People feel that they are not spending enough time with their families, and they’re also worried about the future – for their children, for themselves and for their parents.”
He said the the UK’s fall in the rankings ought to be a concern not just for British families “but for [UK] businesses as well”.
“It is a clear early warning sign that employers need to start thinking more deeply about how to better support employees’ work-life balance,” he added.
“With half our waking hours spent at work, it will require a combined work-life solution in order to improve the nation’s overall well-being.”